Now Reading: THE LEOPARD, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Self learned that The Leopard was di Lampedusa’s only book.  (Strange, the cover doesn’t say “Translated by,” though she is sure di Lampedusa wrote it in Italian. Turning to the inside title page, she finds that the translator is someone with the unlikely name of Archibald Colquhoun.  A Scot, perhaps?)

The book is marvelous.

The events unfold over a series of months in the year 1860.  It is about politics, but it’s also about families.  Again, self finds herself reading extraordinarily slowly:  she finds something to savor on every page.

In the excerpt below, the Prince and his wife have just had an argument over the fact that the young man they hoped would marry their daughter, Concetta, has confessed to being in love with someone else.  The Princess is furious and has to be bullied into silence by her husband.

“Enough!  What’s decided is decided.  Good night, Stella, my dear.”  He kissed his wife first on her forehead and then on her lips.  He lay down again and turned toward the wall.  The shadow of his recumbent form was projected on the silken wall like the silhouette of a mountain range on a blue horizon.

Stella lay back too, and as her right leg grazed the left leg of the Prince she felt consoled and proud at having for a husband a man so vital and so proud.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic 2

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to “share a picture that makes you nostalgic.”  Self has been looking at other WordPress blogs, and she loves in particular the ones that post old family pictures.

Since self doesn’t have too many of those, she’s been posting her photos from various trips.  The summer of 2012 was particularly fine:  She visited Paris for the first time.  Her friend’s apartment was in Montmartre, just a few steps from the stairs leading to the Sacre Couer.

Following a delicious dinner in a café, self descends the steps, only about two minutes before it started raining cats and dogs!

Following a delicious dinner in a café, self descends the steps, only about two minutes before it started raining cats and dogs!

Geraniums on the balcony of a friend's apartment in Paris

Geraniums on the balcony of a friend’s apartment in Paris

Sunset from the Balcony of the Same Apartment in Paris, July 2012

Sunset from the Balcony of the Same Apartment in Paris, July 2012 (Self’s birthday was just 10 days later, on July 14)

Before Paris, she was in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam, July 2012

Amsterdam, July 2012

 

In one summer, she had enough memories to last a lifetime.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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